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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Sneak Peek in our March 2015 Issue!
March 2015 Cover
Occasionally an auction will offer something for nearly all doll collectors – French and German bisque, parian-type, chinas, mignonnetes, papier mache dolls, automata, dollhouses – such a sale is coming up March 28 and 29th at the grand Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas where Theriault’s will present the collection of Berta Hackney. It will be followed on Sunday by several hundred lots in their popular Discovery Day Sales. Our cover illustrates some of the exceptional parian-type ladies to be offered in the auction.
While best known for their teddy bears and animals, Steiff created felt child dolls that remain collectors’ favorites today. Rebekah Kaufman, the archivist for Steiff North America, has written an article on these special children that debuted in 1908-1909.
Continuing with the identification of Kling parian shoulder heads, Mary Krombholz, the consummate researcher, compares heads seen in the company’s 100th anniversary photo with actual examples. She offers definite proof that Kling was making parians during the early 1860’s.
Horsman is a name very familiar to doll collectors as their products are legendary, propelling the American doll industry to the forefront in the early years of the 20th century. In her article Susan Foreman Lewis discusses Charles Twelvetrees whose “Twelvetrees Kids” became the inspiration for Horsman’s delightful HEbee SHEbee dolls.
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) arts program began in 1937 providing much needed work for untrained workers to make dolls for libraries, schools and museums. Many were later destroyed but those that remain should be considered folk art and important artifacts of a period in our American history.
We also share with you exhibits from last year’s UFDC national convention. Along with the “Many Faces of German Dolls,” seen in our January 2015 issue, there were several excellent exhibits for attendees to enjoy.
Also you will want to take a look at the record doll prices Theriault’s established at their January auction in Newport Beach, CA.